Over the course of two decades, Urban Economics has achieved a worldwide audience, and has been translated into Chinese, Greek, Russia, and Korean. Like the seven previous editions, this edition provides a clear and concise presentation of the economic forces that:
(a) cause the development of cities;
(b) determine the spatial form of cities;
(c) cause urban economies to grow or shrink;
(d) generate urban problems such as poverty, crime, and congestion;
(e) make the market for urban housing unique; and
(f) shape the tax and spending policies of local government.
In addition to developing the basic concepts of urban economics, the book uses economic analysis to evaluate the merits of policies designed to address our most vexing urban problems.
The text is designed for use in undergraduate courses in urban economics and
urban affairs. It could also be used for graduate courses in urban planning, public
policy, and public administration. All of the economic concepts used in the book are
covered in the typical intermediate microeconomics course, so students who have
completed such a course will be able to move through the book at a rapid pace.
Preface Chapter 1: Introduction and Axioms of Urban Economics Part I: Market Forces in the Development of Cities Chapter 2: Why Do Cities Exist? Chapter 3: Why Do Firms Cluster? Chapter 4: City Size Chapter 5: Urban Growth Part II: Land Rent and Land-Use Patterns Chapter 6: Urban Land Rent Chapter 7: Land-Use Patterns Chapter 8: Neighborhood Choice Chapter 9: Zoning and Growth Controls Part III: Urban Transportation Chapter 10: Autos and Highways Chapter 11: Urban Transit Part IV: Education and Crime in Cities Chapter 12: Education Chapter 13: Crime Part V: Housing Chapter 14: Why is Housing Different? Chapter 15: Housing Policy Part VI: Local Government Chapter 16: The Role of Local Government Chapter 17: Local Government Revenue Appendix: Tools of Microeconomics Index